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HPA Tech Retreat Unveils Main Conference Program


The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced details for the main conference program of the upcoming 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, now in its 28th year. Taking place February 20-23, the event will return to the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. Registration for the event is now open.

A bellwether gathering of the most prominent creatives, technologists and executives leading the future of entertainment technology and content creation, the HPA Tech Retreat is composed of TR-X (Monday), the Supersession (Tuesday), and the main conference program (Wednesday and Thursday), which anchors the four-day conference with a curated series of presentations focused on the most exciting, pressing, and fascinating issues confronting the industry today.

Mark Schubin, who has steered the Tech Retreat Conference program for two and a half decades, said, We received a true abundance of riches this year. Not only were there more proposals than ever, but they were of exceptionally high quality. Look for presentations from four major studios talking about some of the most important projects. You will see presentations on immersive entertainment like MSG Dome, as well as virtual production, security, and cloud technologies.

Sessions for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat main conference sessions will include:

Wednesday, February 22

Technology Year in Review Mark Schubin

What CES 2023 Means for the Media Industry Mark Harrison, DPP

The Future of Localization Rowan de Pomerai, DPP

It Is Time We Had a Conversation About Security in Our Industry Chuck Parker, Sohonet (Moderator); Terri Davies, Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association; Ted Harrington, ISE

Why Being Green is Not Black and White Mark Harrison, DPP (Moderator); Barbara Lange, Kibo121; Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers

Audience Preferences for the Style of Digital Twins Marvel Studios

MovieLabs 2030 Vision Update

The Truth About Overhauling the DMSC Dan Germain, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Moderator); Bill Baggelaar, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Greg Geier, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Hai Dao, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Adam Miller, Nomad; John Hurst, CineCert

Web3 Movie Experience Michelle Munson, Eluvio

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Ron Ames, Producer; Jesse Kobayashi, visual effects

Remote, Mobile, and Live Workflow Innovation Updates Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group (Moderator)

Transforming Broadcasters to Media Companies with Advanced Technologies Hans Hoffman, European Broadcasting Union

SMPTE Update David Grindle, Executive Director, SMPTE

Thursday, February 23

MovieLabs Showcase

Does Everything Really Belong in the Cloud? Chris Lennon, Ross Video (Moderator); Thomas Burns, Dell; Renard Jenkins, Warner Bros. Discovery; Jamie Duemo, Amazon Web Services

Considerations for Creative in the Cloud Bastien Minniti, Amazon Studios

Real-World Production Tips for Implementing Virtual Production Addy Ghani, disguise

MSG Sphere Studios: Capture, Edit, Deliver in 16K Resolution Jeff Sengpiehl, Key Code Media

Restoration and Preservation Anthony Magliocco, EMTM

Year in Review of New AI/ML Developments for Media Production with a Concentration on Semantic Search Rob Gonsalves, Avid

What About Legacy SDR Content in the New HDR World? Bill Feightner, Colorfront; Tom Graham, Dolby

LiDAR and Digital Twin Technologies Ryan Metcalfe, Preevue

Textures feature of the Alexa 35 Tamara Seybold, ARRI

Post-Retreat Treat: The Origins of Subscription Home Entertainment Mark Schubin

Changes to the program and speakers may occur and will be noted on the HPA website.

The Innovation Zone, a highlight of the Tech Retreat and an evolution of the famous HPA Tech Retreat demo room, has grown significantly and will include groundbreaking presentations and demos beyond the walls of the traditional Innovation Zone space. Three of the four days of the Tech Retreat also feature dynamic breakfast roundtables with industry leading companies and experts speaking and leading discussions on a broad variety of topics of interest.

Intentionally set in the desert, out of reach of the day-to-day demands of working life, the Tech Retreat fosters convivial and challenging conversations and desirable circumstances for professional networking. The schedule for the entire event is available at and will be updated regularly.

The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event and is expected to sell out once again, as it does every year. Details for the Supersession and TR-X will be announced shortly.

Seth Hallen, president of HPA, said, There's always great anticipation leading up to the reveal of each year's main program lineup, and this year's sessions deserve all the hype. I personally can't wait to hear about these important topics, and meet the panelists and our attendees. Members of the HPA community constantly remind us how much they look forward to the Tech Retreat which many call the most informative and collaborative event in our industry. February has become the heart of the technology calendar and I look forward to seeing our community in Palm Springs.

Registration is now open for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, which takes place thanks to the generosity of diamond title sponsor Adobe; platinum sponsors AMD, AWS, and Berkeley Communications; after party sponsor Ateliere; connectivity sponsor Sohonet; silver sponsors 6P Color, Epic Games, and Key Code Media; event sponsors ARRI, Dell Technologies, Panavision, and Signiant; and star sponsor Avid. For information on sponsoring the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat, please contact Joyce Cataldo at For more information about the HPA Tech Retreat, visit
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